Jury finds Hazard doctor, wife guilty on numerous charges

LONDON, Ky. (AP) – A federal jury has convicted a Hazard physician on more than 150 charges, including illegal distribution of drugs and health care fraud.

News outlets report that the jury on Monday convicted 51-year-old Dr. James “Ace” Chaney, his 50-year-old wife Lesa Chaney and their business, Ace Clinique of Medicine, after a seven-week trial in London on Monday.

U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey’s office says evidence at the trial showed Chaney knowingly provided drug prescriptions to drug abusers and people who sold the pills.

The most serious charges against the physician carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Ace Chaney’s attorney, Elizabeth S. Hughes, says the couple will appeal their convictions.

The FBI indicted the couple in 2014, accusing them of running a pill mill for more than eight years.


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